Forty years later, the images remain searing: Throngs of desperate South Vietnamese civilians trying to scale the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, hoping somehow to squeeze aboard one of the helicopters evacuating U.S. personnel and their associates in the face of an onslaught by North Vietnamese forces.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2012 helped facilitate a ransom payment from the family of American hostage Warren Weinstein to al Qaeda in an unsuccessful attempt to get him released, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday. Weinstein was accidentally killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in January, the White House announced last week. White House spokesman Josh Earnest, asked about the report on Wednesday, said he had not yet seen it and could not comment. There was no immediate comment on the report from the FBI.